New Delhi: After Chennai’s Sneha Mohandoss, Dr Malvika Iyer was the second woman to take over PM Modi’s Twitter account to share her incredible story. Also Read - Women's Day 2020: Meet Chennai’s Sneha Mohandoss Who Took Over PM's Twitter Account
Iyer, a disability activist and a motivational speaker, narrated how she survived a bomb blast at the age of 13, lost her arms but went on to get a PhD degree.
“Acceptance is the greatest reward we can give to ourselves. We can’t control our lives but we surely can control our attitude towards life. At the end of the day, it is how we survive our challenges that matters most,” said her tweet.
Iyer survived a gruesome bomb blast in Bikaner, Rajasthan, at the age of 13 in 2002 that made her an amputee. But she went on to study Economics at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, followed by a Master’s in Social Work at the Delhi School of Social Work.
She did her MPhil and PhD in Social Work at the Madras School of Social Work.
Despite all hardships, Iyer said how giving up was never an option and how education is very essential to bring about a change.
Calling education ‘indispensable’, she also urged to sensitise young minds so that they don’t discriminate.
“I believe that education is indispensable for change. We need to sensitize young minds about discriminatory attitudes. We need to show people with disabilities as role models instead of showing them as weak and dependent.” We can’t control our lives but we surely can control our attitude towards life. At the end of the day, it is how we survive our challenges that matter most.”
Her innumerable achievements
Iyer, is the recipient of the “Nari Shakti Puraskar”, the highest civilian honour for women from the President of India. Iyer is an International Motivational Speaker, a TEDX Speaker, a Model for Accessible Fashion and a Global Shaper at the Global Shapers Community (an initiative of the World Economic Forum).
Her work has been recognized widely, including an honour from the President of India Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, a standing ovation for her motivational speech at the United Nations, and the ”Women In The World” Emerging Leaders Award in New York.
She co-chaired the World Economic Forum India Economic Summit 2017. She is featured in UN Women editorial series ”From where I stand”, ”YES, WE CAN!” of 100 Inspiring Stories of Differently Abled Entrepreneurs by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
On International Women’s Day 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed over his social media account to seven women achievers.
Earlier Modi handed over his social media accounts to Sneha Mohandoss of ”FoodBank-India, who feeds the poor in Chennai.
(With Agency inputs)